Tour de Greensboro Registration is Filling Up…Sign Up Today!

We are pleased to announce that the second annual Tour de Greensboro registration is filling up fast. Do not delay registering for this special event to be held on Saturday, February 10. It will consist of a 25km, classic ski tour on some of the most scenic trails in the northeast, starting and ending at Highland Lodge.

Event sponsors include Toko US, Lumi Experiences, Highland Lodge and Willey’s Store.

We are limiting this to 120 skiers, so don’t wait, sign up today.  All entries will be non-refundable but may be transferred to another person via


Tour de Greensboro: February 10, 2024

Embrace the winter and sign up for the second annual Tour de Greensboro. This event, to be held on Saturday, February 10th, will consist of a 25km, classic ski tour on some of the most scenic trails in the northeast. Start and end at Highland Lodge where we will have some chili and fixings and a post-ski bonfire. Go fast or take your time to savor a mid-tour hot cider and donuts. All proceeds will benefit the Greensboro Association. We are limiting this to 120 skiers, so don’t wait, sign up today.  All entries will be non-refundable but may be transferred to another person via

Are You Concerned About the Water Quality in Caspian Lake

Please plan to attend the Caspian Lake Watershed Action Plan Community Input Meeting on Augst 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall in Greensboro. There will be a review of the field assessment results and you will hear about the project ranking process that identifies the best potential restoration projects for our watershed.

Click here for more information.

Hazard Mitigation Survey from the Town of Greensboro

The town of Greensboro is working on updating their Local Hazard Mitigation Plan and would appreciate your input through the short survey below.  Thank you!

In addition, there will be a public meeting on August 10 at 6 p.m. at Fellowship Hall at the Greensboro United Church to review the Hazard Mitigation plan. Alison Low from NVDA will lead the discussion and plan going forward. All are welcome.


July 26 Community Relief Fund Update

The Greensboro Association has raised nearly $55,000 for community relief from the recent flooding disaster. The grants committee has awarded $20,000 to local groups working directly with community members and they continue to work with local organizations to determine where the greatest needs are.

Donations have enabled us to provide much needed food security including supporting the increased food demand at the Hardwick Area Food Pantry (and its satellite locations) made even more necessary by the extensive crop loss experienced by area farms that traditionally donate produce to the pantry as well as the Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE)’s food voucher program making food and grocery vouchers available to those in need for use in Greensboro at Willey’s General Store and Smith’s Grocery, in Hardwick at the Buffalo Mountain Market, and an increasing list of other local grocery stores as well as farmers markets. Food vouchers are being distributed by the Hardwick Area Food Pantry (HAFP), Hardwick Rescue Squad, Northeast Kingdom Organizing (NEKO) and other frontline organizations, who are also distributing emergency meals.
Funds have also been instrumental in supporting on the ground volunteer efforts coordinated by NEKO, The Civic Standard, and local Neighbor to Neighbor groups to muck out basements by supplying funds to purchase pumps, fans, dehumidifiers, PPE, and other cleaning supplies necessary to salvage homes and businesses, provide essential drinking water and food to work crews, and provide emergency shelter for those whose homes have been damaged. Churches, including the Greensboro United Church of Christ have also continued to offer community members assistance with food, fuel and other needs.
Lastly, Relief Funds have also been distributed to subsidize food, fuel, and supplies that Smith’s Grocery and Willey’s General Store have been donating to support our community members and non-profit partners. Willey’s is working with organizations to bulk order tools and hardware supplies for demolition and rebuilding efforts that are just getting started.
There’s still time to support this fund to help the local organizations in our area in need. You can donate at:…/community-relief…/

2023 Annual Meeting: August 3 at 4 p.m.

The 2023 Annual Meeting of the Greensboro Association will be held on August 3 at 4:00 pm at Fellowship Hall.   We sincerely hope many of our members will be able to attend to hear about the great work of the GA this past year.  If you are unable to attend in person, a zoom link can be found below.

After the business meeting, our first speaker Lauren Jenness, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) Environmental Analyst, Lake Champlain Basin Program, will share information about the GA’s participation in the Stream Wise Program, which the GA will soon be starting.  If you live on land on the feeder brooks into Caspian Lake or Greensboro Brook, or on the Lamoille River or its tributaries in Greensboro Bend, getting a Stream Wise assessment can help you take the best possible care of your stream side property.

Following Lauren’s presentation, Kent Hansen, chair of Greensboro’s Planning Commission, will share what the Planning Commission has been working on over the last year and what proposed Zoning Bylaw changes are coming up.

The agenda for the Annual meeting can be found here.

Last year’s minutes can be found here.


Topic: 2023 Greensboro Association Annual Meeting
Time: Aug 3, 2023 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 834 2311 8833
Passcode: 104409

July 16 Community Relief Fund Update

The Greensboro Association’s Community Relief Fund has awarded its first recipients of emergency funding.
$5000 will go to the Center for Agricultural Economy who will distribute food vouchers that can be used at the Hardwick Area Food Pantry, Willey’s store (Greensboro), C&C Market (Barton), Buffalo Mountain Market (Hardwick), Smiths (Greensboro Bend) and both Genny’s in Craftsbury and Albany.
Another $5000 will be going to the Hardwick Area Food Pantry because of the increased food demand in the area after the flood. They have seen a 25% uptick in usage since even before the flood, and with the damage done to many farms in the area that have helped supply the pantry with food, they anticipate a high demand for fresh produce and expect it to be more expensive to get their hands on.
And $1000 will go to Smith Store in Greensboro Bend for their emergency food and fuel fund. Smiths has been delivering food and supplies to people in the area and have been feeding many of the road crews working frantically to get our roads back in order.
There are other recipients in the works, and we will announce them as we are able. But the fund could still use support — every dollar donated will go back to the Greater Greensboro Community.
If you’d like to give to the Community Relief Fund, you can do so at this link:…/community-relief…/

Wake Boats Threaten Caspian Lake and Must be Prohibited

The Greensboro Association, the Stewards of the Greensboro Watersheds and the town of Greensboro are collecting signatures for support of a ban on wake boats on our waterways. Details can be found in the poster below.

Link to the petition can be found here:

Thank you for your consideration!

Caspian Lake Sailing Race Series Schedule

The Caspian Lake Sailing Series will run Wednesdays and Saturdays beginning Wednesday, August 2nd and concluding Saturday, August 19. Races will start at 2pm. Starting line will be north of sunken island off Aspenhurst Point. All types of boats, all ages, and all skill levels welcomed and encouraged. The race on Saturday the 12th will be in memory of John C. Stone II who passed away last summer shortly after a final sail, ending his 91 years of Caspian sailing. John followed Luther H. Gulick’s lead in helping to build the Flying Dutchman fleet on Caspian starting in the mid 1960s.

Wake Boats in Vermont Update: What to Know and What You Can Do

JoAnn Hanowski, co-chair of the Greensboro Association’s Lakes and Environmental Stewardship Committee, sat down with NEK-VT Rocks out of Newport, VT to discuss the status of wake boats in Vermont alongside Jim Lengel of Responsible Wakes for Vermont Lakes.  

The topic of wake boats has been an active one within the Greensboro and surrounding communities in the past months.  Although wake boating can be a fun and rewarding way to keep the kids active, it also produces some unwanted side effects on our lakes, including: 

  • Eroding lake banks, causing phosphorus to spill into the lake
  • In shallow water, a wake boat motor can also churn up previously settled phosphorus from the bottom of the lake.
  • Invasive species such as Eurasian milfoil and zebra mussels can be released into lakes from the emptying of ballast tanks.
  • Waves can reach nesting loons and other wildlife, eliminating their productivity for at least a year.
  • Waves can also surprise and endanger other lake activities, such as kayaking, fishing, paddle boarding and swimming.

 As you’ll hear in the interview, JoAnn points out that the Department of Conservation understands there may be safety issues with wake boat interactions.  However, anecdotal evidence of safety issues is not persuasive enough.  She encourages anyone who has an interaction with a wakeboat to report it to the state or local police (in Greensboro call the Orleans County Police at 802-334-3333) so that there is an official record of it.  These records will provide important concrete evidence of safety issues with wake boats operating on our lakes.  

In addition, if you have a wake boat interaction story, Responsible Wakes for Vermont Lakes encourages you to send it to them at  

There will be another opportunity for public input, with a public meeting and written comments, early this summer.  It will be especially important to engage multiple generations of lake users in this process.  Stay tuned for the announcement of this upcoming meeting and opportunity to comment.  The Greensboro Association will keep membership apprised of that meeting date and time when details become available.

Spring Update from the GA President, Cathy Irwin

The 2023 Dues Notice will be sent to all members on Sunday, March 26. Please read the Spring update from Cathy Irwin, GA President here.


Interesting update on VT short-term rentals

Towns Across Vermont Are Beginning to Regulate Short-Term Rentals

When Moriah Stokes and Vincent Connolly purchased a second home in Morrisville in 2017, they already had plans to list it on Airbnb.

The couple were living in Colorado at the time, and Stokes, who grew up in Morrisville, wanted to be able to visit her family without staying in a hotel. Renting out the home meant the property didn’t sit vacant, and it provided some extra cash. When the couple decided to move back to Vermont in 2019 to raise their three young children, the home was waiting for them. Read more

Tour de Greensboro

DATE CHANGE: This event will be held on Sunday, February 5.


Embrace the winter and sign up for the first annual Tour de Greensboro. This event, to be held on Saturday, February 4th, will consist of a 25km, classic ski tour on some of the most scenic trails in the northeast. Start and end at Highland Lodge where we will have some chili and fixings and a post-ski bonfire. Go fast or take your time to savor a mid-tour hot cider and donuts. All proceeds will benefit the Greensboro Association. We are limiting this to 100 skiers, so don’t wait, sign up today. (see details below)

January Greetings


New Year’s 2023, looking towards Black’s Point –Karen Gowen, photographer


On January 8, the lake froze (again), and by the 14th of January was sporting 4 inches of ice on the east shore.  A few more good cold nights will be great news for all winter activities in the Northeast Kingdom!

Those who live in Greensboro year-round or travel up in the winter are looking forward to the first annual Tour de Greensboro, to take place on February 4.  100 cross-country skiers will take to the trails around town, and then gather for lunch at the Highland Lodge.  There may still be a few slots left to ski in this event—you can register here:  Organizers are also looking for volunteers; please contact Stew Arnold at [email protected] to sign up to help.  We are honored that the Greensboro Association will be the lucky recipient of funds raised!

The Greensboro Association Board keeps working in the colder months, with committees focusing on fundraising, investment management and the refinement of our funds distribution policies for the benefit of the many fine non-profit organizations in or near Greensboro.  Since formalizing the FFG in 2015, we have invested $175,000 into our amazing community! You will be hearing from us in March when we launch our 2023 membership drive. Until then be well!

Caspian Challenge Results and Updates


 JULY 30, 2023

8:30am start

COMING NEXT YEAR–The 12th Annual Caspian Challenge, sponsored by the Greensboro Association, will be open for registration Spring 2023!

2022 RESULTS–A spectacular day greeted the 11th Annual Caspian Challenge on Sunday July 31, 2022.  Seventy-five runners and eight walkers participated in the scenic race, which hosts a hilly round-Caspian-Lake 6.8 mile loop and a 5K out-and-back from Tolman Corner ball field.

Maxfield English of Wolcott, won the Men’s Loop division in a time of 40:48, and Kathleen Ruffle topped the Women’s Loop field and came in 6th overall with a time of 47:08.  Mark Gilbertson of Hyde Park won the 5K Men’s Division with a time of 21:23 and Tara Nelson of Glover came in second overall and won the 5K Women’s Division with a time of 23:48.

The proceeds from the Caspian Challenge went to the Greensboro Association’s Lake Protection Fund this year.  This Fund provides on-going monitoring of Caspian Lake’s water quality, including run-off from streams feeding the lake, and prevention of aquatic nuisances such as Eurasian milfoil and zebra mussels.

See full 2022 results HERE

Greensboro Association Updates: July 11

Summer Music from Greensboro | Tuesday, July 12th, 7:30 p.m.
We invite you to attend the opening concert of Summer Music from Greensboro’s 2022 concert series.
Giving performances that are “lithe, persuasive” (The New York Times), “eloquent and enthralling” (The Boston Globe), and described as “the most compelling American group to come on the scene” (The New Yorker), the Horszowski Trio has quickly become a vital force in the international chamber music world. “The Horzowskis are power players.”—The Los Angeles Times.
Greensboro United Church of Christ. Tickets at the door: $22. Students and children under 18: free.
Join us for this first concert of our 2022 summer season and enjoy the best of what true musicianship in live performance has to offer!
For further details, please visit the website:
Swimming Lessons
We are excited to announce that in collaboration with the Greensboro’s & Hardwick’s Recreation Committees, Teach Americans to Swim Program will be offering swim lessons to Greensboro & Hardwick Residents and children in surrounding towns. FOR AGES 2 Years – 13 Years during the week of July 18-22, 2022 Starting at 10 AM.  Registration information is here.
Caspian Challenge on July 31 | Click here to register
Join us for a morning of fun, exercise, and community support for Greensboro’s natural treasure: Caspian Lake! Proceeds from this year’s run will go toward the Greensboro Association’s Lake Protection Fund, which helps provide milfoil and other invasive species prevention, as well as lake quality monitoring. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Race day registration opens at 7:15 AM and closes PROMPTLY at 8:15 AM.
July 14 Public Hearing about Reclassification of Caspian Lake
At the Annual Meeting last August we had a presentation from Oliver Pierson, Vermont-Dept of Environmental Conservation Lakes and Ponds Program Manager, who discussed the pros and cons of re-classifying Caspian Lake as A1 versus B2. Basically, reclassification would bring more attention to the lake and the need to be proactive in protecting its water quality. In addition, if Caspian’s water quality decreased below the A1 criteria, the lake would be classified as impaired, and resources would be available to mitigate the sources of the problems causing the decline in water quality. The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. at Fellowship Hall.
Greensboro Association Annual Meeting
The 2022 Annual Meeting of the Greensboro Association will be held on Thursday, August 4 at 4:00 pm in Fellowship Hall at the United Church of Christ in Greensboro, VT.  All members of the Association are invited and encouraged to attend.  This will be an in-person meeting with a zoom option. The zoom link will be shared prior to the meeting.

Greensboro Association Notice of Annual Meeting

The 2022 Annual Meeting of the Greensboro Association will be held on Thursday, August 4 at 4:00 pm in Fellowship Hall at the United Church of Christ in Greensboro, VT.  All members of the Association are invited and encouraged to attend.
The Agenda and new slate of trustees will be distributed prior to the meeting. The minutes of the 2021 Annual Meeting are available here.

Bear Coexistence Advisory from Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department 🐻

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is receiving reports from across the state of black bears seeking food in yards, outbuildings, and livestock enclosures this spring.  Many of these situations can be prevented if people take steps to make their backyards bear-safe before a bear shows up.

Bears—and people—are at risk when bears spend time in human-dominated landscapes.  And every time a bear finds an easy meal of birdseed, compost, or unsecured garbage, they are learning a dangerous association between people and food.  Coexisting with bears starts with you taking the following steps to help keep bears wild:

Birdfeeders are a big problem!  Take down birdfeeders until December.  You can attract birds by planting bird friendly native plants instead—check out Audubon’s Native Plants for Birds Program:  [Link]

Make your garbage inaccessible.  Store garbage in a secure structure and a bear proof container.  Learn how to make your garbage can bear proof here:  [Link]

Dispose of garbage frequently.  If you have pick-up services, wait until the morning to put your garbage out. Demand bear proof dumpsters for your community.

Follow steps for composting in bear country.  Compost needs to be 3 parts brown materials to 1 part kitchen scraps, turned frequently, and kept in a sturdy tumbler or bin:  [Link]

Use electric fencing to keep chickens and bees safe.  Fences need to be 4,000-6,000 volts, tested regularly and baited:  [Link]

Clean your grill after every use.

Make bears feel uncomfortable in your yard.  Yell, bang pots and pans, or use other noise devices from inside your home.  Never shoot a bear to scare it.  Even BBs can seriously injure bears.

Please report your bear encounters to Vermont Fish & Wildlife.  These reports allow us to help you prevent future bear incidents.  They also give us information to help all Vermonters better coexist with bears:  [Link]

Following these steps can save bears’ lives, and help protect you, your neighbors, and your property.  Please do your part to be a good neighbor and help keep Vermont’s bears wild!

If you have questions, contact the Vermont Fish and Wildlife department at 802-828-1000, or [email protected] .

Swim Lessons at Caspian Lake!

We are excited to announce that in collaboration with the Greensboro’s & Hardwick’s Recreation Committees, Teach Americans to Swim Program will be offering swim lessons to Greensboro & Hardwick Residents and children in surrounding towns. FOR AGES 2 Years – 13 Years during the week of July 18-22, 2022 Starting at 10AM. For more information and to register click here.


Funky Fourth Update

Due to the rise in costs and worries about being able to get supplies needed from overseas in time for the celebration, the Greensboro Selectboard has decided to cancel this year’s 4th of July fireworks.  Click here for the announcement on the town website.
Other 4th of July activities will continue forward, with the addition of a few new events.  The Funky Fourth parade will kick off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 2nd, ending at the town green where there will be kids games, music, food, concessions and a crafts-farmers market afterwards.  An auction to raise funds for the Ukrainian Save the Children Fund will be held on the green as well, featuring Vanna White (Smith) and Tim “Uncle Sam” Nisbet as hosts.  There are ongoing discussions about the possibility of evening entertainment, but details have not yet been firmed up.  
The Greensboro Association, which has typically helped to fund the fireworks show with the Selectboard, will be exploring other ways to support this year’s town festivities.  Those who previously donated towards the fireworks will be contacted soon to discuss donation options.